This year, the Super Bowl SUCKED. Not only did the Patriots win (and when the Patriots win, America loses), but a lot of the ads were incredibly mediocre. I grew up a football a fan, so the big game has always been meaningful to me in and of itself, but this year I felt particularly indifferent about the teams, so I decided to do what most non-football fans do when they feel pressured to watch the game: watch the game for the commercials.
The football gods must always take more than they give. After Stanford earned the right to keep the Axe for another year, it was only fair that nearly every former Cardinal in the NFL would lose. Despite the list of L’s, the following alumni were still able to make an impact for their team.
When the sun sets on 2018, Stanford football (8-4, 6-3 Pac-12) will look for its first win over Pitt (7-6, 6-2 ACC) in 90 years. For the second time in three years, the Cardinal will fly to El Paso, Texas for the Hyundai Sun Bowl on New Year’s Eve.
Stanford has won their previous eight Big Games against Cal. With a win on Saturday, the Cardinal seniors have a chance to finish their collegiate careers undefeated against the Golden Bears.
Though the Stanford football team’s season largely over, the NFL season is still in full swing, and there are quite a few phenomenal former Cardinal players making their marks on a weekly basis in the pros.
Following the postponement of the 121st Big Game last weekend, Stanford football became a Sunday affair as alumni fought on the gridiron across the country. Week 11 wrinkled the normal expectations for Stanford in the NFL; Carolina Panthers’ running back Christian McCaffrey and Philadelphia Eagles’ tight end Zach Ertz were held to disappointing performances. Meanwhile, rookie Houston Texans’ safety Justin Reid was the highlight of the week for any Cardinal fan.
In February 2017, NFL senior draft analyst Lance Zierlein published a scouting report evaluating a running back prospect hoping to be picked high in that year’s NFL draft. “Lacks desired size of an every-down back. Has some tread worn off his tires. Average burst may not be enough to race past NFL speed on second level. Inconsistent squaring up blitzers in pass pro and ducks his head into contact. Doesn’t have NFL-caliber power to break tackles and create yardage for himself through power.”
After losing four of their last five games, Stanford football has thoroughly dashed all hopes and dreams for another dominant season. The only solace left for Cardinal fans now resides on Sundays. Unfortunately, Week 9 in the NFL was a rollercoaster for Stanford alumni as impressive offensive performances were dampened by injuries on the other side of the ball.